Saturday, October 12, 2013

Question of the Day

Apropos of the video below…

What was your first computer?

The Apple IIc was the first one I owned.  The first one I used was the Digital Equipment Corporation PDP 8/S in the basement of St. George’s School in 1967.  It ran on FORTRAN and used paper tape and teletypes.

9 barks and woofs on “Question of the Day

  1. Parents got me a timex 99 4a. As I remember, I spent more time on the Atari 2600 than that computer. If my folks could only see what I have now as my computer – an iPad – and what we’re able to do on them, like posting to blogs….

  2. First one I used was a Wang 3300 Basic in high school – teletypes and paper tape. First one I owned was a Tandy TRS-80, complete with a crappy version of “Wheel of Fortune.” I still have a PS2, which I am babying along: it has a very old flat database, that won’t export to anything, but has all my books, LPs, singles, reel tapes, 8-tracks, and even transcription disks cataloged. About 25,000 records, so there’s NO way I’d ever want to repeat that task (it took me 3-4 years at the time).

  3. The little company we owned for about 13 years in the ’80’s and early ’90’s finally got up to date with an IBM monster that totally intimidated me. I asked the salesman cum tutor if the one in the main office would speak to the one on the office manager’s desk. He looked at me as though I was crazy. So when was that? Around 1985? Had to have been before Bill Gates took over IBM’s world or Steve Jobs made life so simple for so many and a nightmare for Gates.

  4. First one I used I don’t know – a company donated space on there mainframe as a tax write-off, and we had a very small class with a terminal & punch tape. (my class project was a printed 5 wheel slot machine, because I knew my instructor liked them. he saved that as a demo for at least 4 years when my little sister took the class.)
    Junior college was again the big machine in the room we weren’t allowed in with those 80 character punch cards.
    I personally miss the big mainframes. There is nothing like the feeling you get ordering around a room full of computer & having it do what you say.
    Home we got a Commodore 64 for the kids to play with (cosmic cruncher!) and I got an Apple IIsi that’s still in the garage.

  5. Heathkit H8 with 4k of memory, eventually expanded to 64k. Had three hard-sectored 5-1/4-inch floppies and ran choice of CP/M or HDOS. Got a used Haseltine (sp?) terminal to talk to it. Spent years chasing cold solder joints to keep it running.

    Before the H8, worked with several Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) machines, PDP-8I, 8E, 8A, etc., PDP-11s of various kinds, PDP-10KI mainframes and, finally numerous VAXes.

    Now I have a Lenovo ThinkPad and a Dell desktop.

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